Senegalia caffra – Common hook thorn – Katdoring – Motholo

Senegalia caffra is an indigenous tree of South Africa whose genus name ‘Senegalia’ was derived from Senegal [the West African country] and ‘caffra’ from Kaffraria, the former name for South Africa. Though it’s cultivated in other parts of South Africa, Senegalia caffra often occurs naturally in Gauteng’s suburb gardens, together with Vachellia karoo and Vachellia robusta. This tree is well [...]

By |2021-05-02T10:08:04+02:00May 2nd, 2021|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Senegalia caffra – Common hook thorn – Katdoring – Motholo

Celtis africana – White stinkwood – Witstinkhout – Mpopano

Winter is only a month and half away and as such it is time to start planning your transplanting and relocation of deciduous trees! Celtis africana is a beautiful deciduous tree widely distributed in the Highveld of South Africa. Growing as an individual tree in the open and under favourable conditions, Celtis africana normally grows as a tree of [...]

By |2021-03-28T18:15:24+02:00March 28th, 2021|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Celtis africana – White stinkwood – Witstinkhout – Mpopano

Bolusanthus speciosus – Tree wisteria – Vanwykshout

Bolusanthus speciosus is a protected tree of South Africa whose blooms resemble those of Jacaranda. Although it is slow growing and delicate looking, this tree can reach a mature height of 6 to 12m when growing conditions are favourable. It is widely distributed in wooded grasslands of the Northern Province, Mpumalanga, Swaziland and KwaZulu-Natal. This tree [...]

By |2021-02-12T13:14:26+02:00February 12th, 2021|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Bolusanthus speciosus – Tree wisteria – Vanwykshout

Nuxia congesta – Common wild elder – Gewone wildevlier – Isiphofane

Nuxia congesta is a small, evergreen tree or shrub whose specific name ‘congesta’ was derived from the dense bunches of fragrant flowers it produces during the winter season (March to July). Widely distributed from Tropical Africa in the North to Eastern Cape in the South, the common wild elder is normally found growing naturally in [...]

By |2020-11-18T13:13:43+02:00November 18th, 2020|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Nuxia congesta – Common wild elder – Gewone wildevlier – Isiphofane

Celtis africana – White stinkwood – Witstinkhout – Mpopano

Winter is only a week away and as such it is time to start planning your transplanting of deciduous trees! Native to South Africa, Celtis africana is a fairly fast-growing shade tree attractive deciduous tree common in both high and low rainfall areas. It usually reaches a mature height of 12 m and a crown [...]

By |2020-05-28T13:14:56+02:00May 28th, 2020|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Celtis africana – White stinkwood – Witstinkhout – Mpopano

Olea europaea subsp africana – Wild olive – Olienhout

The wild olive is a neat well shaped evergreen tree with glossy green foliage and a spreading crown. Although this tree is slow growing, it can reach a mature height of 8 to 9m. This tree is common in almost every region of South Africa. This tree is normally found growing on rocky hillsides, on [...]

By |2020-03-13T16:14:04+02:00March 13th, 2020|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Olea europaea subsp africana – Wild olive – Olienhout

Myrsine africana – African boxwood – Vlieebos

Myrsine africana is a dense multi-stemmed small shrub commonly found growing among rocks or beneath other trees. This slow growing evergreen shrub has an upright growth habit, it can reach a mature height of about 2m when growing conditions are favourable. The distribution of Myrsine africana stretches from the Himalayas, China and the Azores to [...]

By |2020-02-27T14:19:54+02:00February 27th, 2020|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Myrsine africana – African boxwood – Vlieebos

Croton gratissimus – Lavender feverberry –Laventelkoorbessie

Lavender feverberry is a small tree which either grows as deciduous or semi-deciduous depending on climatic and soil conditions of the area it is growing in. Croton gratissimus is widely distributed in most African countries which include Ethiopia, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe. In South Africa, it is a common tree in Maputaland and has a [...]

By |2019-11-22T16:23:41+02:00November 22nd, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Croton gratissimus – Lavender feverberry –Laventelkoorbessie

Mundulea sericea – Cork bush – Kurkbos

Mundulea sericea is an attractive small tree or shrub well known for its for its interesting corky bark. This tree normally reaches a mature height of 7.5-12m high and is usually single-stemmed with a bushy branched crown. This tree is common in Southern African countries which include Namibia, Botswana and Swaziland. In South Africa, it [...]

By |2019-10-28T12:07:18+02:00October 28th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Mundulea sericea – Cork bush – Kurkbos

Euclea crispa – Blue guarri – Bloughwarrie – Umgwali

The Blue guarri is an evergreen tree or shrub characterised with a dense irregular canopy of blue green foliage. This tree either grows as a single-stemmed small tree or a multi-stemmed shrub, it is common on exposed rocky areas and can reach a mature height of 5m in the Highveld. It is found growing naturally [...]

By |2019-09-27T08:56:12+02:00September 27th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Euclea crispa – Blue guarri – Bloughwarrie – Umgwali
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